Here’s a much easier way to recycle food wastes without going through the work of composting. Speed up the process, andget the materials you have now turned into compost fast! Whether you live in an apartment, condo, or house, you can now recycle all of your food wastes with this easy method.
1-2 Weeks to fill the bucket.
2 weeks in the bucket.
2 weeks in the ground.
1-2 Weeks to Fill: Add food wastes to the bucket, sprinkling EM•1® Bokashi on the food wastes. Continue adding layers until the bucket is full (which often takes an average family about 1 week to fill).
2 Weeks in the bucket: Once the bucket is full, close the container and let the food waste pickle for 1 to 2 weeks.
During this fermentation time, liquid will drain to the bottom of the bucket. If you are using the bokashi bucket with the spigot at the bottom, simply drain the liquid once a day and dilute 1 teaspoon per 1 gallon of water for all your indoor or outdoor plants. If there is too much liquid, you can pour it into a compost pile or down the drain. The amount of liquid depends on the food wastes that are added to the bucket. Bread and meats will not produce as much liquid as fruits and vegetables. If you are using a round 5 gallon bucket with no spigot, then you will have placed a thick layer of Bokashi Rice Bran powder at the bottom before filling with food waste. The liquid created in this process is absorbed by the bokashi powder and does not need to be drained.
2 Weeks in the Ground:
In the Ground
Add the contents of the bucket to an existing garden bed or soil that needs amending. If you bury in the ground, be sure to cover the food wastes with at least 4-8 inches of soil.
(It is best to add the wastes to a trench rather than fill a deep hole with food waste. You can also mix the fermented food waste with some of the soil as you add it to the hole or trench to accelerate the breakdown.)
Feed to worms
Add the contents of the bucket to an existing worm bed. The pickled food waste can also be used in worm beds. Since worms do not have teeth, and the fermentation process softens the food waste, the worms have an easier time breaking down the materials.
Feed to livestock
Add the contents of the bucket to animals’ feed. The pickled food waste is loaded with live beneficialmicrobes, vitamins, and amino acids that are excellent nutrientsources.
Add to a compost pile
Dig into the compost pile and add the contents of the bucket to an existing compost pile.
We import specially-designed bokashi bucketsfrom Japan that are made for the Bokashi Method of treating household food wastes. These buckets are infused with EM-X® Ceramic powders that help accelerate the fermentation process.